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ALSA 1.0.17-rc1 Released

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Published on 06 June 2008 03:11 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware
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Four months after ALSA 1.0.16 was released, the wizards of modern-day Linux sound have released ALSA 1.0.17-rc1. This release has a plethora of new work -- in excess of 500 changes. Among the changes are x86_64 support for Linux 2.6.25+ kernels, a new kconfig parser, and a wide assortment of driver changes.

The CMI8788 Oxygen driver -- for sound cards such as the Razer Barracuda AC-1 -- has picked up I2C support as well as support for the ASUS Xonar DX sound card. A variety of fixes and other improvements can also be found to this relatively new driver. On the topic of the intel8x0 driver with the AC97 codec, it has picked up support for eight channel audio.

The HDA codec alone has picked up more than 100 changes between ALSA 1.0.16 and 1.0.17-rc1. A few new ASICs are supported by the hda-codec such as the ALC663 and AD1883/1884A/1984A/1984B. In addition, the hda-intel driver has introduced audio support for the soon-to-be-released R700 graphics cards over HDMI (Using HDMI With ATI Linux Drivers).

Since the last ALSA release they have switched their revision control system from hg to git. The biggest disappointment with this release, however, is the continued lack of support for the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi cards. Earlier this year 4Front Technologies had added X-Fi support to the Open Sound System thanks to some sanitized header files from Creative Labs. We had then reported that Creative was in talks with at least one ALSA developer to provide data-sheets surrounding their X-Fi APUs (Creative Joining The Open Bandwagon). However, months later we still have yet to see any sign of this Creative X-Fi support within ALSA 1.0.17.

All of the changes between ALSA 1.0.16 and 1.0.17-rc1 can be found on the ALSA Project Wiki.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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